“The Players Want To Play For Him”

June 24th, 2016
How much can Jameis impact the Bucs' defense?

How much can Jameis impact the Bucs’ defense?

No, Bucs players didn’t turn their football souls over to Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, and they bailed on Josh Freeman.

Not since Jeff Garcia has Tampa Bay had a man at the quarterback position who was the ultimate alpha dog leader like America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston is.

Dirk Koetter did a great job passionately expressing how 22-year-old Jameis is the man recently on Yahoo! Sports Radio.

“Tremendous leader,” Koetter said earnestly. “The players want to play for him, play with him, and play hard for him.”

Hearing Koetter talk more about Jameis’ burgeoning leadership, Joe couldn’t help but think about what it might mean for the Bucs’ defense this season. Yes, the defense. Working on effective communication with defensive players was and is a goal of Jameis.

Joe doesn’t usually put a lot of stock in the meaning of leadership, but after the repeated mental collapse of the Tampa Bay defense last season, starting with their first snap, full-team leadership by Jameis might mean more than ever in 2016.


23 Responses to ““The Players Want To Play For Him””

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    LVD’s statement about the team never recovering mentally after a penalty or big play last year spoke volumes about how horrible the leadership has been on the Defensive side of the ball for the last few years and obviously it also spoke volumes about how bad the coaching staff was as well. Hopefully Jameis can spread some love to the defenders. It’s unfortunate the stars on the defensive side of the ball are so mentally weak. Hopefully the new kids can fix that led by Kwon.

  2. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Full team leadership? Wasn’t he there last year? Talent this team needed talent. Now that we have some, we should expect better play!

  3. tmaxcon Says:


    the team had plenty of talent last year to go 8-8 or 9-7 the problem the last two years has been horrible coaching and horrible leadership from the top anything else is just being in denial how bad the last regime was. Lovie and his friends and family were strictly stealing from the glazers and padding their retirement accounts… pathetic.

  4. The Real Malloy Says:

    Agreed tmax. Kwon is the real deal and I love his attitude and desire to win. I’m not as down on GMC as you, but I do agree him AND Lavonte are a little soft mentally.

    Big Hog, yes, he was there last season. Dude was a rookie. He was supposed to step aside, atleast at first. He did, and took the reigns gradually like a real leader.

    We’re going to see marked improvement from this team overall. By far the most I’ve been excited I’ve been about a Buccaneer team since the glory days.

  5. Rrsrq Says:

    Just looking for the return like when Brooks, Sapp & Lynch would be on the sideline getting hyped after a Mike Alstott truckin’ or a Warrick Dunn big run and not have worry about getting right back on the field, say what you want about Tony D’s offense which was not good at times, but when he had the A-train and Dunn clicking it was a thing of beauty. Now it’s Jameis, Martin and V-Jax time to get them pumped (or a Mike Evans block)

  6. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “BigHogHaynes Says:
    June 24th, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Full team leadership? Wasn’t he there last year? ”

    In fact, he was here last year. He was a 21 year old rookie.

  7. The bucfan 88 Says:

    We have the Tampa triplets all first round picks (Jameis, Doug, and Mike Evans) suck it cowboys it’s our turn as for the d at the beginning I set the bar low but now I set the bar sky high I just hope at the end of the season Mike smith is still the DC

  8. Mike Johnson Says:

    It truly amazes me how a lot of you are saying what great coaches and players we have. if they are so great how come we been finishing at the bottom for the last 6 yrs or so? Ohhh I know it was the coaching. Yep..the players did not play badly it was the coaching. Lets see if you all say the same thing IF..the losing starts all over again. Who we gonna blame this time? The waterboy?!!
    BigHog Haynes is right. We have upgraded and got a few more better players. So we should expect better. After all, we did win 6 games last year.

  9. Kevin Says:

    A coach that knows how to run a defense vould possibly help as well

  10. @Hands2theface Says:

    I remember this postgame interview after the season-ending loss to the Panthers. Jameis strongly stated that they were going to change the mindset, [1:00min mark] getting the mentality right,[2:00min mark] and my favorite part is about fixing the Whys?…”Why are we playing football?” (after responding to a question about Hump) [4:00min mark] and of course the “Some of our coaches want it more than some of our players” [just before the 5:00min mark]

    This kid is exciting y’all….let’s hope they fixed the mindset, the mentality, and the Why.


  11. tmaxcon Says:

    Mike Johnson

    what is truly amazing is how you can not understand that Lovie and his clown posse took multiple pro bowl defenders and turned them into scrubs… You are in complete denial of how bad the scheme and coaching staff was.

  12. DB55 Says:


    I think Mike and BIGHOG are the same person, probably Mikal smith.

  13. tmaxcon Says:


    you might be right sir!

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    All Hail the Messiah!

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Told ya so.

    This is Jameis Winston’s team now. Not Koetter’s, not Licht’s or even the Glazers.

    Just keepin’ it real out here.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    Leave BigHog alone.

    He’s not a big Noah Spence fan because he expects him to average ONLY about one sack a game.

    16 sacks!

    That would be a horrible season.

  17. DB55 Says:

    I agree! Anything less than 32 sacks is unacceptable.

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    I still cant figure out how one penalty during the first series in the first game of the year somehow takes the life out of a defense lead by 2 all pros gmc and pro bowler….to blame the coaches is ridiculous….if that’s the case we should be blaming dirk for winstons ints and mike’s drops….the whole thing comes back to leadership….its like heart…either you have it or you don’t….the talent and defensive leadership let the whole organization and city down….but it is what it is…time will tell if it was coaching or the players….GO BUCS!!!!

  19. GhostofTedford Says:

    The problem was it was Lovies scheme or else. Forcing square pegs into round holes does not work.

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    tmaxcon..I’m not in denial we are at the bottom one third of the NFL. Until we win..we are still there..sir! I hope this new coaching staff can win. cause if they don’t? I’ll lead the 300 Spartan charge to..dump them in the Bay!

  21. Buccfan37 Says:

    It will be nice to forget about the losing seasons which are causing me brain spasms. Medic! The losing is more than tiresome. Win and the next game is that much more exciting.

  22. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Thanks for relinking #3’s famous season ending presser. That was freaking awesome.

    So guys do this to have a great weekend. Realize we have perhaps the best FG kicker in the league…wait and see…we have a new young talented DB…DE…we have some interesting prospects like Bell and Vitale.

    And we have this young team returning with a years experience.

    And we have the young man who will one day be the premier QB in all of the NFL.

    So think about that talent…the new coaching staff able to utilize that talent and in fact craft their schemes to fit that talent and not squeezing unsuitable talent into their schemes…

    Think about how good all of that is and then hit that link and watch #3’s presser once again. Like me I’m sure you all have seen it plenty but I swear everytime I see I want to freaking suit up and hit the field myself and I’m freaking 68!

    Watch that conference and as much as anything he’s said or done you realize that this kid has IT!!!

  23. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    I think it was a combination of both the coaching staff setting up this defense for failure and the so called Captains of this defense that dont step up and speech when this team is down and is in need of a leader. LVD and GMC are our leaders, but not vocal leaders. I think Kwon will soon grow into that role but with him being a rookie and getting suspended it was a little hard for the team to look at him as their vocal leader. I do think he starts establishing him self as that vocal leader this season because if he doesn’t no one really will imo.